Washington has a lot of rich, single people and a lot of nice date spots, therefore it’s the best city to find love on Valentine’s Day. Or so goes the logic of a new Zillow study that awarded the District the dubious distinction of being the best city for finding love this Feb. 14.
Zillow, an online real estate database, looked at cities with a population of more than 250,000 people and determined which locales had a lot of date spots (restaurants, bars, movie theaters, etc.) and a high number of single people who could afford to fill these establishments. The rankings also took into account which cities had a high percentage of new residents because “you may benefit from an influx of fresh, single faces to prevent a dating scene where everyone knows everyone.”
The study does not address the fact that Washington may have a lot of singles because it could actually be a bad place to find love.
Anyway, here’s how Washington fared:
• Percent single (not married): 71 percent
• Percent new and single: 8.4 percent
• Date spots per 10,000 people: 44
• Disposable income (Expected annual rent subtracted from median income): $25,915
And here, based on this criteria, is the list of the top 10 cities to find love:
1. Washington, D.C.
4. St. Louis
9. San Francisco
See the full results here.